"Where There Is Light, Shadows Lurk And Fear Reigns. Yet By The Blade Of Knights...Mankind, Was Given Hope."
"Garo (牙狼〈GARO〉（ガロ）, "Fanged Wolf"), sometimes referred to as Golden Knight Garo (黄金騎士ガロ Ōgon Kishi Garo), is a Japanese tokusatsu television series broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 7, 2005, to March 31, 2006, lasting 25 episodes (with one additional "Overview" special, summarizing the events of episodes 1 through 13, aired before episode 14). Since 2007, the show has also been aired in other countries such as Italy (on MTV), Malaysia (on 8TV), and Spain (on Canal Buzz). The show's HD remastered version was broadcast on TV Tokyo starting July 8, 2016. The television series is the first installment of the "GARO" franchise, which is composed of several installments, including a live action television series, films, TV & film specials, and anime series. The television series has been licensed for a North American release by Kraken Releasing." - Wikipedia
"Since the beginning, the darkness within humanity had the power to influence the spiritual makai realm. It is through this darkness which creates malevolent creatures called Horrors, a destructive spiritual predator that breaks into the human realm through gateways. These gateways are also influenced through dark energies, be it a gun or a lamp, if the object or place is contaminated with enough dark energies, it becomes a crack between realms that allows Horrors to escape into the human realm, where the Horror(s) can cross over and posses and/or prey on humanity as subsistence. As creatures that operate within the shadow, many lives were ruined and destroyed by the Horrors; they aim to turn the world into darkness. The only force preventing their attempts to overthrow humanity is the Makai Order. Through use of spell-casting, mysticism, and martial arts, the Makai Order established their own shadow force of priests and knights that secretly hunt down and defeat all forces of darkness. One such defender is the Makai Knight, Golden Knight Garo." - The GARO Wiki
In MAKAI REVIEWS, yours truly will review the entire GARO series, every installment and film, episode-by-episode, special-by-special.
Taka The anime is...kind of a bad entry point to the franchise if you're not already familiar with the tokusatsu genre. The feel, and especially the action in the anime is not in line with the source material at all. Someone who got used to seeing the characters dashing miles in seconds, jumping hundreds of metres into the air, blasting massive amounts of energy, and taking down huge monsters, and all of those shonen action mainstays might be disappointed when they see that the actual GARO series' action is far more grounded.
It's centered on the Wuxia film variety of action (Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon, Heavenly Kingdom, House of Flying Daggers, etc.), focusing on martial arts, great choreography, and special effects (both CG and practical) to add he fantastical element to the combat scenes (though I've heard that the series diverges from this style by the 3rd installment, unfortunately).
But on the other hand, it does give you an idea about core concepts like Makai Knights, Horrors, and what have you, but I still think it's not a good gateway to the live-action counterpart.
Dream: Will post a little later what the next voted anime will be that I will watch and review.
Jan 18, 2020 19:48:38 GMT
Dream: Next anime up to cover will be Dance in the Vampire Bund. Suppose a short anime will do for now following Chobits.
Jan 18, 2020 21:32:36 GMT
Dream: Concluding things at episode 2 with Vampire Bund for the night. Hoping to get back to Basquatch tomorrow, as long as I'm not swamped with anything.
Jan 19, 2020 3:00:33 GMT
Dream: Geez, it's really quiet. No activity in the forums since I posted my review from yesterday.
Jan 19, 2020 15:57:41 GMT
Taka: I'll email the receipts. The best anime and manga of 2019 will be extended to Wed. I don't get time off for Mon because of community service. Please vote if you haven't yet. Thank you!
Jan 19, 2020 20:44:07 GMT
Dream: Hmmmm... looks like the version of Vampire Bund I'm seeing on Funi's YouTube channel's an edited version. A couple minutes of episode 2 were clearly removed with Mina in nothing but underwear battling human assassins. Then again, recall there was a good...
Jan 19, 2020 22:49:15 GMT
Dream: ...deal of controversy with the series a decade earlier thanks to the seemingly underaged nudity of Mina while in her younger form.
Jan 19, 2020 22:50:13 GMT
Dream: Not sure if I should be donning the nostalgia goggles or not giving a damn. Looks like the original Digimon Adventure series is getting a reboot airing starting in the Spring season.
Jan 21, 2020 3:21:13 GMT
Taka: I'll watch it if there's nothing catching my eye in Spring. winter 2020 was a weak anime season for me.
Jan 22, 2020 18:29:46 GMT
Dream: Wouldn't say it's all bad for me. Have a few titles holding my interest. Just it typically doesn't have as many major titles of note that would hold me over.
Jan 22, 2020 23:54:44 GMT
Dream: Done with Vampire Bund. Will be working on a review of it before I hop into the next Funi series. Hoping to get it up either tonight or tomorrow, depending on how lengthy my thoughts get.
Jan 24, 2020 1:44:49 GMT